Friday, 25 May 2018

Book Review: A Mother's Goodbye by Kate Hewitt*

My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.’

Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.

As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.

Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?

An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.

Buy A Mother's Choice on Amazon UK. Learn more about A Mother's Choice on Goodreads.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Should I Get Married? I Ask The Internet!*

*This is a sponsored post*

“Should I get married” is a question I continually face and – at some points- have been pressured to answer. And the older I get the more common the query is.

It was only a day ago when I saw an extremely popular local wedding venue – the Hythe Imperial Hotel in Kent, UK – were advertising their wedding packages on Facebook and I realised, I’m even being pressured into considering marriage due to my online demographic footprint. Hence, why I started looking into marriage and started drafting this article.

As a caveat, I feel like I should say I’m a 28-old man and I’m lucky enough to have a stable job and a girlfriend I think the world of; a description that ticks most boxes of a man who should consider dropping to his knee. However, I am also a sucker for a stereotype and with the millennial badge firmly placed on my chest I did what a generation is continually doing; Googling (other search engines are available). The question Googled being: “Should I get married”. 

I thought I’d detail the three best responses and advice below:

You’ve survived tough and turbulent times

Reading the Hello Giggles blog and their inference that life is like a rollercoaster (no Ronan Keating references please) could not be more on point.

There will be tough times and there will be tears, fighting and awkward discussions but if you haven’t experienced these times yet how do you know you can get through these times? I’m not saying you artificially create these situations as a ‘test’ for marriage but it is something you need to consider.

You're prepared to make an ongoing effort to keep the magic alive.

The Insider mentioned that relationships are considered hard [work] and of course this is true. Most of us have been in a relationship where that “magic” has died because it became too much like work.

The advice the Insider gave was: you know you’re ready for marriage when the hard work becomes a labour of love.

Communication, Goals, and Values

Finally, something which resonated with me the most is a point I found on ‘the spruce’.

Yes, to some its common sense that if you’re with the right person the you will have same goals and values in life but, how many times have you heard the saying: “opposites attract”.

The saying itself infers it may not be so common to have the same goals and values. Having different likes and different opinions is okay as long as the two of you agree to disagree.

If you’re to take the big step and tie the knot, surely you should be to communicate and understand the goals and values your better half has. Even if that contradicts your ideas/ideologies etc.

Final thoughts

Obviously, if we’re going to be candid, we’re not all the one for our other half (and they may not be the one for you). The pressure of eternity together and insult into injury, planning a wedding (especially if it’s a big one) can cause a lot of undue pressure and stress if the couple is not on the same page. But that’s a different query… and something which may be answered by the article… “When It's Time to Let a Relationship Go”.

No, this mini piece of research hasn’t enlightened me anymore but incidentally, it has illustrated this question is a popular one (below I’ve included a graph to show the popularity of the search term over the last 14 years) – for both sexes.

That anxiety I am feeling is more likely than not being reflected by my better half – so I’m going to put down the mouse, turn off Google and have myself a chat. Fingers crossed!

Or if that doesn’t work, there is always a “Should we get married” online questionnaire.

Have you asked Google if you should get married?

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Haul Post!

Whilst, admittedly, I've been spending most of my money on books recently, I've somehow still found money to treat myself. Here's a look at what I've been buying recently...

When my mother last came to visit, she told me I was missing a unicorn cushion. The next day, I spotted this one in a little card shop, and I knew I had to make it mine. In my last haul post, I shared the Carex Unicorn Magic Soap I picked up in Poundland. I went back to Poundland recently to pick up the Unicorn Magic Body Wash too! Also, how adorable are the new Harry Potter coasters?! I have way too many coasters already, more than I could ever hope to use to be honest, but I couldn't resist these. 


Sunday, 13 May 2018

April-May Book Haul!

I wonder if even one month will go by without me buying any books? Haha, don't be silly! Even with the best intentions, I always seem to end each month with more books than I started with. In fact, it's quite possible I'm buying more books than I'm reading at the moment. Things have definitely got of out hand. Here's the books I've bought recently...

The saga of this book box set. I wanted the Penguin Modern Classics Box Set from the moment it was announced. But upon it's release, Amazon sold out instantly. So I purchased it from a third party seller. Unfortunately, it went missing in transit and never arrived. I was gutted. And to make matters worse, Amazon now had it back in stock...but for £10 more than the original price! I told myself I couldn't have it and would put it on my birthday wish-list instead. A few days later, though, it came to my attention that the price had dropped back down to the original price. I didn't even have to think about it, I clicked Buy It Now! I'm halfway through this collection of modern classics, and although the collection is a real mixed bag, there are some real gems in here! No regrets here, to be honest. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Accessorise Your Phone* || With My Personalised Case

It's no secret that I love my cat. But did you know that I now have four phone cases with photos of my cat on? Crazy cat lady alert! I'm more than a little obsessed with carrying my little furry friend around with me wherever I go, so when I was given the chance to design my own phone case with My Personalised Case, it was obviously going to be covered in pictures of my cat.


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Chemist 4 U* || With Chemist 4 U

I am all about making life easier, in any way possible to be honest. So when I heard about Chemist 4 U*, the lazy girl inside me rejoiced. Finally, a way to fill your prescriptions and buy all your drug-store products without even leaving the house! 

Monday, 7 May 2018

April Reading Wrap-Up//May TBR

I am sooooo behind with blog posts at the moment. This post should have gone live at the end of April, along with my Life Lately - April Edition, and April Favourites. But instead we're well into May and I'm only just publishing it! Shocking, I know. Anyway, I'm here (finally) with a quick look back at, and mini-review of, the books I read in April, as well as a peek at what's on my TBR pile for May!

I started the month off with one of the most boring, pointless, inane books I've ever read. Alphabet (*), by Kathy Page, has many rave reviews, but I just could not get on-board with this book at all. Things soon picked up though, when I started reading Hangman (*****) by Daniel Cole. A fantastic crime fiction novel that was gripping from start to finish.
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